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Meet Joost Teuben: Capacity building expert joins the GEO team as virtual secondee

Blog / Maddie West / August 7, 2018

A virtual secondee from the Netherlands has joined the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat. Joost Teuben will work part time to support GEO’s Capacity Building work area. We spoke with Joost to learn more about his work and how he will apply his expertise to GEO’s efforts:

Joost Teuben, a Capacity Building expert from the Netherlands, has recently joined the GEO Secretariat as a virtual secondee. Photo: Maddie West / GEO
Joost Teuben, a Capacity Building expert from the Netherlands, has recently joined the GEO Secretariat as a virtual secondee. Photo: Maddie West / GEO

Please tell us a bit about your background and current role.

For over 30 years I have been involved in capacity building initiatives, working for the Dutch Development Cooperation agencies (NGO and ministry). I have been involved in education projects in Asia, Africa and Latin-America and worked as an expat in Central America for almost 20 years.

My expertise lies mainly in project management, M&E and impact assessments, strengthening knowledge institutions on policy development, quality insurance and education development (ToT, curriculum development, etc.). Recent projects I have worked on were related to rule of law in Indonesia, health in Ghana, agriculture in Kenya, and vocational education in Mozambique and Colombia.

Since September 2017 I have been employed as Senior Policy Officer Capacity Building at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at Twente University, the Netherlands, and have now been seconded to GEO at 20% of my time.

What will you be working on with the GEO Secretariat?

I will support and coordinate the activities of the Working Group on capacity building, with a special focus on impact measurement. Support to GEO Flagships and initiatives will be provided by embedding capacity building in project formulation, implementation and evaluation.

How do you define capacity building, and why is it important for the GEO community?

Capacity building (or capacity development) is:

  • building capacity in domain-specific knowledge, skills and attitude at the individual, organisational and institutional/societal levels (ITC 2020).
  • the process by which individuals and organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed to do their jobs competently or to a greater capacity (larger scale, larger audience, larger impact, etc.)  (Wikipedia).
  • walking the last mile, ensuring project outputs and outcomes contribute to long lasting socio-economic development.

Capacity building has to take place on three levels to ensure sustainable impact:

Individual
Increasing individual awareness of and capacity to access, use, and develop Earth observation data and products.

Organizational
Increasing organizational awareness of and capacity to access, use, and develop Earth observation data and products.

Institutional
Increasing societal awareness of the relevance of using geo-spatial information for planning, decision-making processes and achieving societal impact.

Do you have any capacity building events planned for GEO Week 2018

Yes, we have proposed a side-event on "Enhancing and monitoring the impact of GEO capacity building initiatives on individual, organizational and institutional level in GEO flagship, thematic and regional initiatives, and community activities”. We invite those attending GEO Week to take part in this session.

Connect with Joost:

Email: jteuben@geosec.org
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joostteuben/

 

About the author

Maddie West

Maddie West is the Communications Manager at the GEO Secretariat.

 mwest@geosec.org

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